Built by Bell in Buffalo, NY. Delivered to the U.S. Army on April 28,
1943. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 71st Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 82nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. Assigned to pilot Lyndall Tate. Nicknamed "Little Sir Echo" or "Small Fry". This aircraft had two kill markings on right side of fuselage, possibly Ki-43 Oscars Tate claimed in November 1943.
Operated from New Guinea during June 1943 until July 16,
1944, when it was stricken from the record and abandoned at Tadji Airfield.
Recovered from Tadji Airfield in 1974 by Charles Darby and Monty Armstrong, during the salvage operation funded by David Tallichet / Yesterday's Air Force (MARC).
Exported to the United States and stored at Chino Airport. Afterwards, purchased by Fred Johnson of the Museum Aeronattica
in Tacoma WA, who planed to restore it to flying condition.
to Planes of Fame Museum where it is displayed on static display since 2002.
Airacobra Advantage by Rick Mitchell
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January 31, 2018